A lesson Tabitha Timmons, a penniless spinster, has never needed to heed. That is, until she is left a vast fortune payable only upon her marriage to the very respectable Mr. Barkworth—a match that offers little chance of discovering exactly what her aunt means by "untoward attentions."
But the same can't be said when the Duke of Preston happens along Tabitha's path. He spies a rebellious streak in her that matches his own and he makes it his mission to save her from such a passionless match, interfering in her life at every turn. All too soon, Preston—whose very name spells ruin—has Tabitha caught between the good fortune that guarantees her security, and his kiss, which promises an entirely different kind of happily-ever-after.
(Terra's Thoughts) This was a delightful tale of a country lass that comes into a fortune if the right provisions are met and a scandalous Duke that suddenly feels the need to protect an innocent against London and all of it's money hungry scavengers and unruly sorts. Question is though, who is Tabita Timmons in more danger from, the rake she knows or her own family and friends who are supposed to have the best intentions for her?
This story is a bit like a Cinderella story where a country bumpkin that is unloved by her nasty relatives who work her to the bone. A country bumpkin that suddenly comes into a fortune and needs a Knight in Shinning Armor if there was ever a need for one. Luckily for our young lady she is quite resourceful and spirited even though the daughter of a vicar.
I really liked the story for it's steamy kisses, even paced action and well written story line.